Pickerington High School North boys tennis coach Brian Hoff couldn't remember the last time both his doubles teams won matches in the Division I district tournament.

Pickerington High School North boys tennis coach Brian Hoff couldn't remember the last time both his doubles teams won matches in the Division I district tournament.

That's because it hadn't happened in the program's 10-year history until May 24, when the teams of sophomore Matt Barry and senior Patrick Yen and sophomore Blaine Carr and senior Ben Keen each won first-round matches before losing in the second.

Barry and Yen opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win over New Albany's C.J. Cash and Jacob Teich before falling to Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin and Nate Wallace 6-2, 6-1 in a state-qualifying match.

Carr and Keen gutted out a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) win against Olentangy Orange's Tim Hawk and Ryan Jay then lost to New Albany's Nick Blair and Alex Kobelt 6-1, 6-2.

"To have that today was great," said Hoff, whose team did not advance anyone to district last year. "Our second-round matches, we came up against some teams that just were fantastic. The UA kids have a good chance to win the state title in doubles and the New Albany team took it to us. We really had no chance to get into much of a rhythm. They took us out of our game before we got into it."

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district, which was held at Hilliard Davidson, advanced to the state tournament.

The losses concluded a season in which the Panthers went 15-2 overall and 7-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division to win their second consecutive league championship. North earned 77 of a possible 82 points in league play to finish ahead of Gahanna (61, 6-1), Reynoldsburg (57, 5-2), Pickerington Central (36, 4-3), Grove City (32, 3-4), Lancaster (32, 2-5), Groveport (13, 1-6) and Newark (5, 0-7).

North won four courts in the league tournament May 11 at Reynoldsburg. Keen won second singles, sophomore Cameron Friedman took third singles, Barry and Yen won first doubles and freshman Avery Kreemer and junior Franco Platania won second doubles.

Carr was third in first singles.

In the Reynoldsburg sectional tournament May 16 and 18, Carr and Keen finished second and Barry and Yen were fourth. No singles players advanced. Friedman and Platania each went 2-1, and Kreemer lost in the first round.

Keen and Yen were the Panthers' only seniors.

"Not making it (to district) last year definitely fired some of our guys up last year and they were determined to get back," said Hoff, who completed his 10th season. "To have two of the final eight doubles teams in central Ohio, especially with doubles being so loaded this year, that's something to be incredibly proud of. I'm very proud of how the guys played."

Entire Tigers teamexpected to return

No Central player advanced beyond their home Division I sectional, but the Tigers' progress from a year ago and the prospect of her entire team returning has 10th-year coach Kelli Rings optimistic.

"We saw a lot of improvement overall in the OCC and in duals," said Rings, whose team finished 13-6 overall after going 9-10 in 2012. "Even on days when they weren't on, they played well. I was very pleased with everybody who played varsity."

Junior Andy Taylor anchored the lineup all season at first singles, followed by sophomore Nick Vandervoort and freshman Chase Pratt. Sophomores Anthony D'Innocenzo and Tyler Wharton usually played first doubles, and Rings also rotated sophomore Jake Adams, junior Garrett Lennington, freshman Jackson Mathias and sophomores Kyle Maycock and Richie Siebert into doubles.

Pratt won a team-high 14 matches and was third in third singles in the OCC-Ohio tournament.

"He was a great surprise for me," Rings said. "I've known him a long time, ever since he was pretty young, but as to whether he could step up and fill a varsity role, who knew? He listened to everything we said. He has a lot to learn, but there's a very good chance he could have a productive three more years here."

Also in the league tournament, Siebert and Wharton were third in first doubles and Taylor was fourth in first singles. Adams and Lennington were seventh at second doubles, as was Vandervoort at second singles.

At sectional, Taylor and Vandervoort went 2-1 in singles and the doubles teams of Adams and Wharton and Maycock and Siebert each won two matches.